Idaho's Department of Environmental Quality is warning holiday partiers to stay clear of the water near Robie Creek Beach at Lucky Peak Reservoir.
On Tuesday, July 3, E. coli bacteria levels in the Mores Creek arm of Lucky Peak were reported to be in excess of state water quality standards. The source of the bacteria is unknown, but an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that excess levels of E. coli indicate the presence of human or animal waste. As a result, pathogenic microorganisms may be present in the water and pose a threat to public health. If ingested, the microorganisms can lead to diarrhea, fever and vomiting, particularly in infants and the elderly.
Warning signs have been posted at the Robie Creek Beach, warning people to avoid swimming or wading in the water.
DEQ officials are asking residents to consider going to Barclay Bay Beach in Lucky Peak Reservoir or Sandy Point Beach, downstream from Lucky Peak Dam as alternatives.